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I'm so shy...  Cormorant and stinkpot | by John's Love of Nature
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I'm so shy... Cormorant and stinkpot

The double-crested cormorant, Phalacrocorax auritus is found near rivers and lakes and along the coastline. It mainly eats fish and hunts by swimming and diving. Its feathers, like those of all cormorants, are not waterproof and it must spend time drying them out after spending time in the water. Once threatened by the use of DDT, the numbers of this bird have increased markedly in recent years. It is a member of aquatic birds commonly known as cormorants and shags.


The common musk turtle, Sternotherus odoratus is a species of small turtle native to southeastern Canada and much of the Eastern United States. It is also known as the eastern musk turtle or stinkpot due to its ability to release a foul musky odor from scent glands on the edge of its shell, possibly to deter predation. They are small black, grey or brown turtles with highly domed shells. They grow to approximately 5.1–14 cm (2.0–5.5 in) and average in weight at 603 g (1.329 lb) They have long necks and rather short legs. The yellow lines on the neck are a good field marker, and often can be seen from above in swimming turtles. Algae often grow on their carapaces.

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Taken on August 11, 2017